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The Power Brief

Shipping containers are loaded onto an international freighter at the international cargo terminal in Tokyo.
Yoshikazu Tsuno | AFP | Getty Images
Shipping containers are loaded onto an international freighter at the international cargo terminal in Tokyo.

A daily morning look at the financial stories you need to know to start the day

STOCKS/ECONOMY

-Stock futures are higher this morning, mostly due to a rebound in oil prices.

-Japan's Q2 GDP came in at 0%.

OIL/ENERGY

-Crude prices are slightly higher but back up to the $44/barrel level thanks to a recent streak of gains.

-Gasoline prices are still holding at $2.12/gallon, national average.

ELECTION

-Hillary Clinton now leads Donald Trump by three points in the LA Times/USC poll.

-Donald Trump will deliver a foreign policy and immigration address in Ohio today.

-The Wall Street Journal editorial board says the GOP should replace Trump if he doesn't get his act together by Labor Day.

-Apple CEO Tim Cook may be a big backer of Hillary Clinton, but it sure sounds like he likes Donald Trump's tax policies. Cook says Apple will keep its massive cash pile overseas until the US has a fair corporate tax rate.

-Some of the FBI files on Hillary Clinton's private email server may be handed over to Congress as soon as this week.

MILWAUKEE

-Another person was shot as protests turned violent for a second straight night in Milwaukee after a black police officer shot and killed a black suspect in that city. Gov. Scott Walker declared a state of emergency.

LOUISIANA

-Rising floodwaters are still leaving thousands homeless in Louisiana.

DEALS/NO DEALS

-MAA is buying Post Properties for $4 billion, bringing together two companies that have cashed in on the rental property boom.

TERROR/DEFENSE

-Boeing's KC-46 air tanker has finally been cleared for production.

-The Obama administration bypassed the bidding process and awarded a $1 billion contract to Corrections Corporation of America to build a detention facility for thousands of Central American illegal immigrants streaming to the US border in 2014.

-Marine recruiters are now focusing on high school girls sports teams.

-This comes as a female Marine has failed to pass the Marine infantry officer training program for the second time and there are now no women enrolled.

-Israel's drone-to-drone anti-drone defense system has been unveiled and demonstrated to several allied nations for purchase.